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Old 05-05-2007, 01:29 PM   #1
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TOD Day One Pix!!!

I'm here with a half-dozen forum members enjoying the Tail Of The Dragon and surrounding roads... even though we're driving them in the rain today.

Here's some pictures of the trip thus far... The last one is of bmussatti's white 986. All of our cars are a mess after carving up the twisties around here in the rain, so it's not just bmussatti who didn't wash his car. And whoever said white hides dirt is nuts!

We ate breakfast together early, ran the dragon one time up and another time down, took a break (mostly for me to get over my self-induced nausea, believe it or not!) and then drove the Cheohala Skyway... which turned into creeping over the top of mountain hoping not to hit anything as the fog was so dense. Thank God for the rear fog lamps! We really used them to see one another.

Tonight will be a fun time of dinner together. I'll take more pix and post them tomorrow morning here...

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Old 05-05-2007, 01:41 PM   #2
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Nice pictures Randall. See you at 6 for the cookout here at the motel.
Looks like the rain has let for the time being.

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Old 05-07-2007, 08:57 PM   #3
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Looks like a good time!

Keep the forum posted if another road trip is in the works

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Old 05-07-2007, 09:31 PM   #4
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I grew up in Knoxville. Never realized how lucky I was to be that close to the Smokey's and all they offer. Absolutely beautiful country. Used to drive the Dragon without even knowing what it was!
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:34 AM   #5
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Hey Randall-

I'm bitter we didin't catch up with you guys. We definitely saw enough Mini Coopers.

Tried to get you via cell phone, but obviously little/no service up there in the mountains.

My buddy and I are already thinking of planning another trip later in the year or next year when we can et up there with good weather.

I have some pics/videos of running the dragon if anyone wants to PM me, I'll forward on a few of them.

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Old 05-08-2007, 09:12 AM   #6
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Put the vids up on Youtube or Google Video and share them here.
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Put the vids up on Youtube or Google Video and share them here.
^^^ What he said.

Who's who in that group picture?
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Old 05-08-2007, 01:42 PM   #8
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I'm the good looking one. Ha.
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Old 05-08-2007, 01:58 PM   #9
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dm..you're a liar! the good looking one is the one wearing the red shirt, right Randall..hehehehehehe!

I agree with zone..who's who?
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"I'm bitter we didin't catch up with you guys. We definitely saw enough Mini Coopers."

According to one of the Cooper forums, they had 476 cars attending from 5/3-5/6.
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Old 05-08-2007, 06:37 PM   #11
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group shot

TOD attendees in the group shot are, left to right, Randall Neighbor (aka Mayor McCheese), dmcutter, bmussatti, Mrs. Mantis, Mantis, Charlotte Cats, Nick Cats, Mrs. Sammy, Sammy, Mrs Derb, and Derb.
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I'll get the videos up somewhere, but probably won't have the time until at least this weekend.

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Old 05-10-2007, 09:40 AM   #13
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My trip pix are up!

http://www.iwantaporsche.net/TOD

BTW, has anyone seen my car on killboy.com? I can't find any pix from either day
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Old 05-10-2007, 10:19 AM   #14
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Outstanding! You got a good shot of mine on the road all by its lonesome. For a second, I thought my brake lights were on, but thank goodness it was just the fog light. I tried my best not to use the brakes...
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Great pictures.

When is the next get-together?
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nice pics randall, very nice.
although weather looks like it sucked, perfect lighting for pics tho
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nice pics randall, very nice.
although weather looks like it sucked, perfect lighting for pics tho
DJ, the weather was great. Learned a lot about our Boxster and how they handle in the rain/wet roads on Saturday. Sunday was perfect. And Monday was even better.
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that's a pretty cool get together of forum members! glad that all you come back safely driving through the rain

was it like an event there that weekend? there's a lot of cars especially MINI's....
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The Minis had a big to do...476 cars, according to a link someone else posted. There was one in front of us Saturday morning heading northbound on the Tail...he pulled over and let us by.
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we saw mini's here and there, but frankly, they were all together a good ten miles away at Fontana Village and we weren't bothered by them.

Funny how a mini tried to keep up with me on the dragon and after five minutes of watching him nearly kill himself and his wife in the passenger seat getting upset, screaming at him (I read her lips once or twice through the rear view mirror) and an awful amount of tire squeal, he pulled over before the run was finished.

I think his wife needed to hurl at the side of the road

And it wouldn't surpise me if he got out to inspect his tiny little tires.

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